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More Than One Million Aussies Download The Government's Covid-19 Tracing App

More Than One Million Aussies Download The Government's Covid-19 Tracing App

The Australian government's coronavirus tracing app went live yesterday.

Experts have been saying that around 40 percent of the population (roughly 10 million people) will need to download it for the app to be effective in the fight against Covid-19.

It looks like it's well on its way to that goal after more than one million people chucked it on their phone.

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Health Minister Greg Hunt wrote on Twitter: "As at 10:30 PM 1 million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the #CovidSafeapp - please join us and help protect ourselves, our families, each other but above all else our nurses and doctors."

The app uses bluetooth to record where you are and whether you spend more than 15 minutes in one spot.

It's not mandatory to download, however developers reckon it could be a massive help for health authorities to contact people if an outbreak occurs.

The Prime Minister has been insisting that this app won't be used to spy on people and will simply be a tool for contact tracing.

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Credit: COVIDsafe
Credit: COVIDsafe

Scott Morrison said: "It's another tool we need to get back to normal as much as we can.

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"No other government agency can use this information, no-one in the Commonwealth Government at all. And in state authorities, only the health officer can use it.

"Not the police, not the welfare people, nowhere else. Just the health officer."

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While there has been a massive uptick in downloads, the app has suffered hundreds of one-star reviews because of a bug that won't allow some people to progress past the installation page.

Users have taken to social media to complain that when they put in details like their mobile phone number, the app says the information isn't valid. One person suggested turning off the WiFi to help remedy that specific situation.

Despite some naysayers, many have praised the simple setup and hope they will help in the fight against the coronavirus.

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The app will notify you if you have potentially come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. The user is then encouraged to get themselves tested to ensure they aren't asymptomatic.

There have been a little more than 6,700 coronavirus infections in Australia, however statistics show that the country is well on its way to flattening the curve.

More than 5,500 people have recovered from the virus, meaning there are only 1,087 active cases at the moment. Eighty-three people have died from the virus in Australia.

Featured Image Credit: CovidSafe

Topics: covid-19-positive, News, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.